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Wolves 2013

The Football Aid 2013 fixture at the Molineux was a highly anticipated affair, and it lived up to all expectations. Producing 7 goals in total, and plenty more entertainment besides, the match was thoroughly enjoyed by all and especially by the proud Wolves players who left the pitch beaming with pride. The impressive Home team ended up 6-1 winners, however the Away side gained a huge amount from the occasion as well as they knew they couldn’t have given anything more on the night.

Thursday 2nd May

Wolves Home vs Wolves Away

Kick Off: 18.30

Match Officials: Phil Taylor, Gary Taylor, Phil Dawes and Vic Kelly

Legends & Managers: Matt Murray, Steve Bull, Jody Craddock, Steve Froggatt, Tony Daley, Don Goodman and 1st team GK Wayne Hennessey

It was the Wolverhampton Wanderers Away side that got the match under way, wearing their navy blue kit with orange trim. The opening stages of the fixture were played at a high tempo, with both teams trying to get an early shot on goal. However it took some time before a chance came along, as neither defence was prepared to let their opposition Strikers test the GK. 

The first shot fell the way of the Home side, Legend Don Goodman collected a good pass on the left wing and cut back, beating his man in the process, before laying off the ball for Matthew Price to have shot. Price failed to hit the target however and his strike zipped past the post.

It was the Away team that had the next chance in the match on the 17th min. The ball rolled out to Daniel Fellows 30-yards from the goal and, without a first touch, he hit a dipping shot that lobbed the Home GK Enright and ended up in the back of the net. He would have been forgiven for going wild after scoring such a goal, but instead the No 6 just raised his right arm in acknowledgement of his strike and jogged back to the half-way line. (0-1)

Less than 10 mins later the Home team had a chance to equalise. Lee Waterfall found himself in possession of the ball just outside the box and threaded the ball through to Anthony Johnson who took a touch to set himself, before firing his shot straight at the Away team GK Mark Feehan.

However the equaliser wasn't long in coming for the Wolves Home team. On the half-hour mark Captain Dave Taylor went on a run with the ball up the left side of the pitch, before cutting the ball back to Price who slightly miscued his shot. However the ball rolled to Martin Brazier who connected well with the ball, sending it flying into the top right corner of the goal. (1-1)

The rest of the half played out as a midfield scrap to gain possession, with neither Feehan or Enright having their goalkeeping skills tested, other than the occasional through ball that ran through to them. The lack of shots on goal was testament to the strong defences on both teams, as it was definitely true to say that both sets of attackers continued to press for opportunities throughout the half.

Half-Time: Wolves Home 1 - 1 Wolves Away

At half-time, Matt Murray, manager of the Home team, told the players that while he was pleased with they way they played and he felt they could go out and win the match, they needed to keep their shape and reminded them that a simple passing game is often the most effective.

In the Away dressing-room, the message had similar overtones. The players had to remember to keep their shape and try and stretch the opposition with their passes. They were told that while they deserved to be ahead, they weren稚, and that they needed to work hard to retain the lead.

The Home team kicked off the second half of action and carved out a chance almost immediately. Full Back Tim Evans carried the ball up the right-hand side and continued on a run up the flank, after beating the full-back he played a low driven cross into the six-yard box which was unfortunately turned into the net by Away team centre-half Darren Pooler with a finish any striker would have been proud of! (2-1)

The Home team then continued to try and extend their lead, sending in cross after cross from both sides of the pitch. The third cross was met with a header by Waterfall but his effort sailed over the bar.

On the 50th min the Home team came close again, this time Hughes played a ball through the centre to Bansal whose shot from 10-yards out looked to be going in but for a good diving save from Feehan.

Shortly after, the Home team gave themselves a two-goal lead, with a finish on the 53rd min. A speedy counter-attack led to Shane Wilkinson passing the ball to Lee Waterfall inside the box, and the big No 10 controlled the ball and slid it into the bottom right corner of the net. (3-1)

The Home team struck again on the hour-mark, this time it was Hughes playing a neat ball through to Dave Taylor who had time to compose himself before applying the finish. (4-1)

The Away team continued to battle on despite the Home team pulling away on the scoreboard and almost scored a second 62 mins in. Andy Harland beating his man in the centre of midfield, before threading a ball through to Mark Rollason on the right hand side of the box. Rollason痴 shot was good, but not good enough to beat Nick Enright and the scores remained the same.

A contender for miss of the season has to awarded to Home No 9 Manpreet Bansal for his effort in 67th min... Taylor had rounded goalkeeper Feehan just inside the box and had done all the hard work, laying the ball off to Bansal on the edge of the 6-yard area. Despite only having to apply the simplest of finishes, Bansal somehow managed to knock the ball over the bar when it looked easier to score. He'll want to forget that one!

The Home team pulled even further ahead on the 74th min. A deflected clearance from Feehan landed at the feet of deadly Striker Dave Taylor 25-yards out. Looking up, he noticed the GK off his line and let fire from distance, the ball swerving over Feehan into the top-left corner of the net. Taylor's stunning goal was almost reminiscent of Eric Cantona's famous goal against Sunderland in 1996, except from further out! (5-1)

On the 82nd min the Home team came close to grabbing a sixth goal. Feehan had come well outside of his box to make a clearance but his kick landed at the feet of Legend Jody Craddock who had a cheeky attempt from halfway inside his own half. Feehan had to scramble back to his goal to stop the ball going in and managed to get a hand to it, preventing what would have been another contender for goal of the season.

Just minutes later the Home team put the contest further beyond the reach of the Away side. Feehan's goal kick only went as far as Shane Wilkinson, who played a neat pass to Hughes and then made a run through the centre of the Away team's defence. Hughes returned the ball to Wilkinson who fired the ball into the roof of the net to complete the scoring. (6-1)

Despite the score line suggesting a one-sided affair, the match was in fact incredibly competitive throughout. Both teams fought to the end and when the ref blew the whistle to end the game, both sides walked off the Molineux pitch immensely proud of their efforts and commitment. 

Full-Time: Wolves Home 6 - 1 Wolves Away

Man of the Match Home: Andrew Hayes

Man of the Match Away: Rob Thorpe
Moment of the Match: Manpreet Bansal

Home Team: Enright, Rickeard, Goodman, Hayes, McLeod, Price, Johnson, Brazier, Bansal, Waterfall, Taylor (C), Wilkinson, Barker, Evans, Hughes

Manager: Matt Murray
Mascot: Reece Davies

Away Team: Feehan, D.Thorpe, Froggatt, Pooler, R.Thorpe, Fellows, Rollason, Stanton, Everiss, Harland (C) Richards, Patel 

Manager: Wayne Hennesey 
Mascot: Charlotte Stanton